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UK targets rising in new 247 Sports rankings for 2020

In-state target JJ Traynor was one of the biggest risers.

Next Up Recruits

Will 2020 be the year Kentucky ends its drought of not landing a top-five recruit?

Based on the latest 247 Sports rankings, there’s a real chance at doing so. Their latest rankings have Kentucky target Joshua Christopher, one of the likelier 2020 recruits to ultimately pick the Cats, rising up to the No. 6 spot after being previously ranked No. 9. The only players ahead of him are Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Jalen Johnson and Ziaire Williams, and there’s a very real chance Maker never plays in college.

Speaking of Green, he got a small bump up to No. 3 overall. Kentucky is working very hard to land both Green and Christopher, who are good friends and have discussed playing together in college. They played together during several events over the summer.

Kentucky’s highest-ranked commitment in 2020 is Brandon Boston, who took a small dip down to No 15 overall. But as much potential as he has, I would venture to say he’ll finish higher in the final rankings when they come out in the spring.

The only other Kentucky pledge in 2020 is Cam’Ron Fletcher who took a bigger dip as he fell down to No. 44. He too has a world of potential and could make a big jump up the final rankings, but his erratic play on the AAU circuit this year made it easy to drop him down the rankings, but I would still bet on him finishing much higher in the final rankings.

Greg Brown, the most recent recruit to be offered by Kentucky, is sitting at the No. 9 spot. Kentucky has a lot of work to do to pull him out of Texas, as the Longhorns are in good shape for the Austin native.

Isaiah Todd, who Kentucky is in good shape with, is now sitting at No. 13 overall, a six-spot rise. He had a great showing on the AAU circuit and could ultimately end up being a top-10 recruit in this class (he’s already No. 9 at Rivals).

Lance Ware, who may be the likeliest big man to commit to Kentucky in 2020, is now sitting at No. 33 overall, an eight-spot rise.

Another big man Kentucky is in good shape, Cliff Omoruyi, is now up to No. 40 overall. He was once a reclass candidate for 2019, but it’s too late for that to happen now.

JT Thor, a Kentucky recruit who recently reclassified from the 2021 class, checks in at No. 50. It remains to be seen how interested Kentucky is in him as a 2020 recruit.

But of all the Kentucky recruits, no one made a bigger jump than JJ Traynor. The Bardstown product previously didn’t have a rating, but he’s now a four-star recruit checking in at No. 76 overall. Kentucky hasn’t offered yet but will be watching him this fall and will host him for a visit during Big Blue Madness weekend.

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